Monday, May 15, 2006

Washington: "Starbucks Republicans" - not just the java

A macchiato with whip – and clout at the polls
LES BLUMENTHAL The News TribuneMay 15th, 2006 WASHINGTON – First it was “soccer moms” – flooding the roadways of suburbia on Saturday mornings in their minivans and sport utility vehicles with their kids in tow – who were targeted as the swing voters who could decide an election. Then it was “security moms,” “NASCAR dads,” and “wired workers.”
This year, it’s “Starbucks Republicans.” They are mostly young suburbanites who are fiscally conservative, socially moderate and won’t hesitate to pay $4 for a triple grande iced caramel macchiato. And, with a midterm election looming that could change the balance of power in Congress, polls show they have become increasingly disenchanted with President Bush and the Republicans....

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